Human papilloma virus or HPV is a group of more than 150 related viruses that causes genital warts and most often leads to cervical, vaginal, vulvar, and penile cancer, as well as certain cancers of the mouth/ throat and anus/rectum.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 79 million Americans are currently infected with HPV — transmitted through intimate skin-to-skin contact — and about 14 million men and women get infected every year.
The CDC claims the HPV vaccine, first recommended in 2006, provides close to 100% protection against cervical pre-cancers and genital warts caused by HPV. It recommends 11 to 12-year-old boys and girls get two doses of HPV vaccine. Catch-up vaccines are recommended for boys through age 21 and for girls through age 26.
The CDC claims people who get HPV vaccine have no side effects at all. Health authorities around the world, including the World Health Organization, have reviewed the HPV vaccine and have also concluded it is safe. But parents of Zara Beattie, a 13-year-old football-loving British girl, call the tall claims a lie.
In October 2015, Zara was administered the HPV vaccine (Gardasil) at The Nelson Thomlinson School. In January 2016, Zara began struggling for breath in a PE lesson. In the following weeks, Zara felt dizzy, weak, and tired, and suffered heart palpitations. She was later diagnosed with PoTS — postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome — which abnormally increased her heart rate and caused her to rapidly age.
Anthea Beattie, Zara’s mother, blames the HPV vaccine for leaving her netball player daughter wheelchair bound. She told The Daily Mail:
“Zara played football and she was very fit. She was full of life. She was a very active girl with a nice circle of friends. Now all that has changed. She has horrendous heart palpitations and horrific pain – chest pain, severe headaches and sometimes whole body pain. On a bad day, the poor girl can’t even stand up. She will stay in bed all day and crawl to the toilet. She’s got a stool by the sink for when she cleans her teeth.
“In a typical week she won’t leave the house unless it’s for a hospital appointment. She had to stop going to school because she was absolutely wiped out. It has been horrendous. She said to me, ‘Mum, I would rather be dead than like this’. She is 13 and she said, ‘I feel like somebody put me in an 80-year-old’s body‘. Everything is so much effort for her — she has no energy whatsoever. If we do something it knocks her out for three days afterwards.
“I have been a nurse for 30 years and I have never heard or seen anything like this before. There are so many young girls now who are in the same position. I don’t believe it is a coincidence. The drug company is adamant that there are no side effects but that is rubbish. I want them to come and see my daughter who used to play football and run around, and used to have a life.”
Zara is not an isolated victim. There are more than 350 young girls in Ireland with chronic and life changing health issues following the HPV vaccination. In 2016, Rebecca Hollidge, an Irish teen who got the HPV vaccine in October 2013, made headlines after it was reported that she is wheelchair bound, in constant pain, and spends up to 23-hours a day asleep when she suffers a “crash.”
While health authorities, including the World Health Organization and the European Medicines Agency, have ruled out a link between PoTS and the HPV vaccine, more and more parents are becoming wary of the HPV vaccine’s safety and efficacy. The UK Association of Vaccine Injured Daughters, which represents nearly 400 families including the Beatties, is calling for government action and more research into potential side effects into the HPV vaccine:
“So many girls are being labeled as having mental health issues because tests cannot identify what is wrong — yet these same young girls did not show any signs of having mental health issues prior to the vaccine.”
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